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Louie Carricarte: Groves owner branches out to hurricane disaster cleanup

Louie Carricarte’s path to agriculture was indirect. The founder and president of Unity Groves, a produce business growing hundreds of crops across 2,300 acres in the Redland, joined his family’s insurance business right out of college. The…

Nicolette Brent: British consul general brings county a new sister city

Nicolette Brent: British consul general brings county a new sister city

Nicolette Brent felt the draw of public service from a young age, and she came by that sense of duty honestly. Her grandfather had served in the military, and her…

Jason Spiegel: Driving Freebee local transit into many communities

Jason Spiegel: Driving Freebee local transit into many communities

When Jason Spiegel launched Freebee with co-founder Kris Kimball in February 2012, the free on-demand ride-hailing service’s business model was markedly different than it is today. As he tells it,…

Jorge Pérez: Condo king transferring control of his Related Group

Jorge Pérez: Condo king transferring control of his Related Group

Jorge Pérez likes to lead by example. “My management style is, ‘Follow me,’” said the reigning condo king of Miami whose real estate firm, The Related Group, has by his…

Karla Hernandez-Mats: Leading United Teachers of Dade, largest Southeast union

Karla Hernandez-Mats: Leading United Teachers of Dade, largest Southeast union

Karla Hernandez-Mats grew up aware of unions. A first-generation American born to Honduran immigrants, the twice-elected United Teachers of Dade (UTD) president learned about the power of advocacy from two…

Michael Spring: Arts guru is playing a far larger role on county’s stage

Michael Spring: Arts guru is playing a far larger role on county’s stage

It’s been 18 years since Miami Today last profiled Miami-Dade Cultural Affairs Director Michael Spring, and while much of his department’s mission remains largely the same, its impact has grown…

Nitin Motwani: ‘Surprises’ due at $1.2 billion Miami Worldcenter project

Nitin Motwani: ‘Surprises’ due at $1.2 billion Miami Worldcenter project

A lot has happened since Nitin Motwani came on as managing principal of Miami Worldcenter Associates in 2006. The nation endured a recession. Smart devices put the knowledge of the…

Moishe Mana: Billionaire investor targets two ambitious Miami projects

Moishe Mana: Billionaire investor targets two ambitious Miami projects

Moishe Mana has high hopes for Miami. The self-made billionaire businessman and real estate developer envisions the city and its surrounding areas as the future commerce connector between the Americas…

Karyn Cunningham Palmetto Bay mayor seeks creation of vibrant downtown

Karyn Cunningham Palmetto Bay mayor seeks creation of vibrant downtown

Palmetto Bay Mayor Karyn Cunningham believes that everyone has tipping points in life, occasions when enough factors are in play to spur positive change. For her, that moment came after…

Chris Cruzpino: Leading the Miami-Dade market for Regions Bank

Chris Cruzpino: Leading the Miami-Dade market for Regions Bank

Christina “Chris” Cruzpino this year is celebrating 35 years in banking, a career she began in 1984 with what at the time was the largest commercial bank in Florida, Barnett…

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